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Stage Editorial

galaletterroom.jpg Gala gets busy

And what Durham’s Gala Theatre is specifically getting busy with in February is hitting us up with some top-drawer theatre including ‘A Doll’s House’ and ‘No Miracles Here’.

In 2006, Henrick Ibsen’s ‘A Doll’s House’ had the distinction of being the world’s most performed play that year. Not bad for a piece that was written in 1879. Its longevity is of little surprise as its themes continues to resonate today. The action concerns the Helmers and things appear to be looking up for them. After years of scrimping and saving Torvald has landed a promotion at work, finally giving the family the financial security and social position they crave. Nora couldn’t be happier. But as faces from their past force long-held secrets out into the open, Nora must confront the consequences of her actions and question just how perfect her marriage really is.

Later in the month The Letter Room are presenting us with ‘No Miracles Here’ (pictured). It tells the tale of Ray, a young man with a big night ahead of him. The music has started and he can’t leave the floor. He just has to keep going. It’s a story of resilience, strength and the need to stay on your feet. We’re presented with a sweat soaked marathon overflowing with northern soul. Packed with live music and wall-to-wall dancing, ‘No Miracles Here’, which has already won rave reviews (“Electrifying” 4-stars, British Theatre Guide), is an anthem to keeping alive and keeping the faith.

A Doll’s House, Thursday 14-Saturday 16 February, 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm), £12. No Miracles Here, Thursday 28 February, 7.30pm, £15 (£13 conc.). Gala Theatre, Durham. galadurham.co.uk